Today's been an interesting and beautiful day… At one point this morning, I opened and became aware of the opportunity to see symbols as guides in my reality. As if something was urging me to listen. Something wanted to be told to me, and to hear it I had to open to it and allow it to unfold before me.

I reached for my tarot deck and began shuffling. At one point, the Ace of Swords fell from the deck. J and I looked up its meaning, then I continued shuffling, and split the deck at the Eight of Cups.

After looking up the meaning of the Eight of Cups. Literally, seconds after we finished reading, I glanced out the window and saw a BALD EAGLE soaring directly toward the window. It was FEET away from me, banked left and continued soaring past the house and over the river nearby… I stood there stunned and in awe for a moment, then ran to get my Animal Speak book.

Parts of what it said really resonated with me.
– "Those who have a bald eagle as a totem need to look at the symbolic association of water… Water is the creative source of life, and living near natural water sources may be important to their health. An eagle hunting in the waters must be able to penetrate the waters, grasp what it requires and then rise out of them. All this reflects increased ability and need to learn to work with emotions, psychism, and all aspects of spirituality with greater control. It reflects teachings about true mediatorship being able to enter and exit the more ethereal realms at will."
– "The white feathers of the bald eagle especially are often treasured as they are links to Grandmother Medicine—tremendous wisdom, healing, and creation."
– "They are also symbols of the rediscovery of the inner child."

– "The feet of the eagle have four toes. Four is a traditional symbol for keeping onself grounded and laying a solid foundation for oneself. Even with the eagle's magnificent ability to fly, it stays connected to the earth."
I received an e-mail this morning from the Lightworker Magazine that stated "The number 4 carries a powerful security with it; a knowledge that all is whole, grounded and pure in form." At first, it resonated with me, but when the number 4 appeared again I paid more attention to it. Soaring & remaining grounded has been something I aspire to. I have had the tendency to swing between them, though a balance would feel ideal.

– "For those with eagle totems, new vision will open. This vision will be far reaching to the past, within the present and to the future as well. … the ability to hear—spiritually and physically—will also increase."
This is already happening. These senses have been more acute lately. They're still in early developmental stages, but just that I've become aware of them is a huge step in being confident that their blossoming into something…

– "A new sense of timing & movement will begin to develop. You will learn to swoop, to soar, to dive, and to hover—to use the winds within your life and your own developing wings to ride them to your own benefit."

– "To accept the eagle as a totem is to accept a powerful new dimension to life, and a heightened responsibility for your spiritual growth. But only through doing so do you learn how to move between worlds, touch all life with healing, and become the mediator and the bearer of new creative force within the world."

All the symbols I've been shown today seem to be representative of my growing spiritually, and seem to be focused on things that I've been seeing more prominantly in my life lately. It's encouraging and inspiring to have seen such a magnificent bird and symbol of spirituality fly directly toward me. I really felt as though spirit… source… God… IS… was directing a message to me that I could not overlook. So… just in case the tarot cards and the e-mail weren't enough of a message, the eagle came to be sure I got the whole thing.

And now… thinking of whether I actually did get the whole thing leaves me drawn internally. Enough research has been done on the physical plane. It's now time to meditate.
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